Wikipad has launched Gamevice.com for its new full spec MFi controller. The company originally announced that the portable controller would be available for Android and Windows 8 devices, but according to the website it only supports the iPad mini. This makes the Gamevice the first iPad mini-only controller released since Apple added MFi support in iOS 7.
The Gamevice features all the standard bells and whistles as other iOS controllers on the market. It is equipped with dual analog sticks, a D-pad, four action buttons and shoulder buttons. It comes in two separate pieces that cradle your iPad mini when attached.
Not to be outdone by Target, Best Buy is also offering the original iPad mini for only $199. That's $100 off the normal suggested retail price for Apple's 7-inch tablet. Just like Target, this deal is in-store only and does not apply to Best Buy's online store.
Best Buy is also offering a great deal for customers looking to buy a 4G LTE iPad Air. You can nab any cellular model iPad Air at the same price as the Wi-Fi only equivalent, as long as you are willing to agree to a new two-year contract with Verizon Wireless. This deal is similar to T-Mobile's Operation Tablet Freedom, which allowed users to upgrade their Wi-Fi only iPad model to any cellular model.
Yes, the first-generation iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina display will support iOS 8. However, it is unknown at this time if the original iPad mini will feature reduced functionality due to hardware constraints.
All iPad models, except the original iPad, will support iOS 8 along with the iPhone 4s and later and the fifth-generation iPod touch.
Target is offering $100 off the original iPad mini for Father's Day. The deal is in-store only and there seems to be very limited supply. You can find out what locations have the iPad mini in stock by using your zip code here. You can also nab a 16GB Retina display model for only $369 (normally $399) from Target's online store or at any retail location.
The original iPad mini doesn't feature a Retina display, but it will support iOS 8 when the new OS is released this fall. This means the first-generation tablet still has a lot of life left in it making the Target sale very tempting for shoppers looking for a great deal on an older model iPad.
Chinese iPhone clones like the Goophone i5C or the HR2000 from Hero are nothing new, but no one has ever really copied the iPad mini, until now! Enter Xiamoi, who recently announced its new iPad mini look-alike the Mi Pad. The 7.9-inch tablet comes in an iPhone 5c array of colors and it is even built from the same "unapologetically plastic" as Apple's underachieving handset.
Unlike most copycats who prefer to distance themselves from Apple, Xiamoi has no problem admitting its new tablet uses the same materials as the iPhone 5c. The Mi Pad is powered by the new Tegra K1 processor and it runs Android with the MIUI UI atop it. It also features a 2048 x 1536 IPS display, an 8MP Sony rear-facing camera with an F/2.0 aperture, and a 5MP camera on the front.
Target is offering 15% off the first-generation iPad mini through its Cartwheel iOS app. You can also save an additional 5% when you use your Red card at any Target retail location. That's a total of 20% off the 16GB iPad mini, which makes it only $239. The Target Cartwheel deal ends on March 29, 2014, so you need to act now.
You can also save 10% on any iPad Air model with the app, and apply the 5% Target Red card bonus to any in-store purchases. Taking advantage of both discounts will allow you to nab a 16GB Wi-Fi iPad Air for only $425. This deal also ends on March 29, 2014
"Tepid" sales and the long rumored iWatch could push the iPad mini 3 and Apple's 12-inch "iPad Pro" to the back burner in 2014. KGI Securities’ analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts Apple will only concentrate and launch a second-generation iPad Air this year. Kuo says the new tablet will most likely feature Apple's updated A8 processor, Touch ID and a few minor improvements. The rumored 12.9-inch iPad will also be released in limited supply in 2015, according to Kuo's note obtained by Mac Rumors.
"Compared with lower-margin iPad mini with Retina display, which shipments has been tepid, higher-margin iPad Air was a hot selling item in 4Q13, which will slow Apple in developing new iPad mini models. We believe Apple plans to launch upgraded iPad Air early this year, and will accelerate development of 12.9” iPad. As such, more resources will be allocated to these two products, which will affect the progress of the development of new iPad mini. All told, we think chances of the debut of a new iPad mini in 2H14 are slim. In addition, the 12.9” iPad is unlikely to be offered in 2014. For these reasons, we predict the only new iPad product in 2H14 will be the upgraded iPad Air."
Best Buy is holding a two-day sale for all iPad Air models and first-generation iPad mini models. The sale begins on Friday and ends this Saturday (01/25/14). You can save $50 on any iPad Air, and $30 on the original iPad mini. In addition, Best Buy is offering between $10 to $75 in credit for almost any electronic device you trade in. This includes laptops, digital cameras an so on... Certain tablets, gaming systems and mobile phones will nab you the highest amount.
The electronics retailer also has a variety of mobile phone deals running through February. You can get a Samsung Galaxy S 4 for free from Verizon on Friday and Saturday, and free through AT&T until Saturday, February 2. The 16GB iPhone 5s and 5c are $50 off and the 32GB models are $100 cheaper through February.
RadioShack is offering a $100 gift card with the purchase of a first-generation iPad mini. The promotion only applies to 16GB Wi-Fi models and is only available in stores. RadioShack did not give a specific date for the end of the promotion, but did say it is available for a "limited time this holiday season." This suggests the promotion will probably end around the 24th or 25th of December, unless the retailer decides to extend it.
RadioShack is also offering up to $350 towards the purchase of a new tablet when you trade in an eligible iPad through its Trade & Save program. However, as we demonstrated before, most retailer trade in programs offer a lot less money for used Apple products than companies like Nextworth.com or Gazelle.com. Not to mention these companies offer cash, so you're not stuck with another store-branded gift card when you sell your used device.
So far it looks like Target will have the best iPad deal on Black Friday, unless you're looking for an older model. Shoppers who buy an iPad mini after Thanksgiving will receive a $100 gift card from Walmart, and Best Buy will be offering $100 off the 16GB iPad 2. Meanwhile, Target is offering the 16GB iPad Air Wi-Fi model for only $479, and they're tossing in an additional $100 gift card to sweeten the deal. If you count the free gift card, you can nab the latest iPad for $379, compared to paying $299 for an iPad 2.
Other Walmart Black Friday deals include $75 gift cards with the purchase of the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. Walmart also has the best deal on the iPhone 5c which will be $45 until December 1st, and the iPhone 5s is $189 with a two-year contract.
Best Buy will also be offering discounts on 32GB iPod touches, 16GB iPod nanos, all MacBook Air models, and select Pro models.